Big weekend for clubs off the field

hsb  Harrogate Town v Hinckley.   (120128M3b)

hsb Harrogate Town v Hinckley. (120128M3b)

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The return of Dave Merris, a new boss at Harrogate Railway, and Knaresborough Town moving one step closer to the Northern Counties.

It’s been a big week off the pitch for the big clubs in the area.

On Friday, Railway announced former Liversedge boss Billy Miller will take over the first team next season.

The side staved off relegation by the skin of their teeth last term, receiving a reprieve to play in the Evo-Stik next season.

‘Boro, meanwhile, received the positive news they have been named in the proposed Northern Counties constitution.

A final decision will be made in a few weeks, but it looks like all the hard work by the committee to move up a standard from the West Yorkshire League has come off.

If successful, the likes of Selby Town, AFC Emley and ambitious side Cleethorpes Town will be travelling to North Yorkshire next term.

Meanwhile, Town fans flooded onto the forum pages to welcome back Wetherby Road legend Dave Merris, after the club announced his homecoming.

The defender/midfielder was a key part of Guiseley’s squad last season.

Boss Simon Weaver, revealed key defender Richard Pell has been invited back down to pre-season training. He is also looking at a few more players, with more news set for next week.

For reaction to Miller’s arrival at Station View read the Harrogate Advertiser website on Monday. For a full interview with the coach read Thursday’s Advertiser.